Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant people, people who are planning a pregnancy, and people who are breastfeeding?
COVID-19 vaccination is safe and recommended for pregnant people, people planning a pregnancy, and people breastfeeding.
Pregnant people are at increased risk of experiencing a severe case of COVID-19 with serious outcomes for the pregnant person and their baby, including preterm birth.
If you are unvaccinated and infected with COVID-19 during your pregnancy, you are three times more likely to end up in the intensive care unit (ICU) than those infected with COVID-19 who are not pregnant. Preterm birth and admission of babies to neonatal intensive care units have also been shown to be more common among pregnant people with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect against these serious outcomes.
Studies involving hundreds of thousands of people around the world show that COVID-19 vaccination before and during pregnancy is safe. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems.
Date last reviewed:
Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023